The Wallace Collection

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Plaques 'de tabatière'
  • Six Plaques Mounted in a Snuff-box
  • Plaques 'de tabatière'
  • Manufacture de Sèvres
  • Alexandre Leferre, Goldsmith, snuff-box
  • Sèvres, France
  • possibly 18th century
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded
  • a-b, Object size: 6.8 x 4.8 cm
    c-d, Object size: 6.8 x 2.7 cm
    e-f, Object size: 4.8 x 2.7 cm
  • C497
  • Boudoir Cabinet
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  • These six plaques, set in gold mounts (see G65) feature groups of Amorini, very delicately painted on a white ground and the lid shows three nude children playing among trees and plants. The plaques are painted in the style of André-Vincent Vielliard in the 1750s.The subject on the base appears in reverse on a vase of c.1783 in the Musée du Louvre, where the style is typical of later cherub painting at Sèvres. However, the combination of cherubs and children in a set of plaques is unusual, the painting is flimsy for Sèvres, and the uncommon matte glaze could indicate refiring.